Egg Harbor Township Criminal Record Expungement Attorney
Mistakes happen and maybe somewhere along the way you acquired a criminal record. It may seem that your criminal record is constantly haunting you even though you have been a model citizen. When you have a criminal record, it can seem impossible to get hired for a job, particularly a “good” job. Having a criminal record can also affect your life in other ways. You might find it hard to get approved for a loan, or even get approval to live in certain areas and buildings. While there are many New Jersey and Federal laws that have been enacted to combat discriminatory hiring practices, the reality is that your criminal record may be a constant hindrance.
However, you may be able to seal your criminal record from the public through a special process called expungement. Attorney Joseph Lombardo can help you get there. He has more than 20 years of experience representing the residents of Vineland and New Jersey in a variety of criminal matters, and will vigorously protect your legal rights while guiding you through each and every step of the filing process.
To schedule a free and completely confidential case evaluation, call Lombardo Law at (609) 445-4300 today. Let’s start exploring your legal options.
What is an expungement?
In New Jersey, an expungement is the removal and isolation of all records on file with any court detention or correctional facility, law enforcement, criminal justice agency or juvenile justice agency concerning a person’s apprehension, arrest, detention trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal or juvenile justice system. Unless otherwise provided by law, if an order for expungement is granted, the adult arrest, the record of law enforcement, the record of law enforcement taking you into custody as a juvenile, conviction, adjudication of delinquency, disposition, and any related proceedings are considered not to have occurred. Expunged records include:
- Processing records
- Index cards
- “Rap sheets” and
- Judicial docket records.
Am I eligible?
The New Jersey Expungement law N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1 through N.J.S.A. 2C:52-32 carefully defines who is eligible to expunge a criminal record. An eligible person must prepare a Petition for Expungement and file it in the Superior Court in the county where the arrest or prosecution took place. Generally, you may have your record expunged for a conviction was for an indictable offense (generally an offense punishable by six months of jail time or more), for a disorderly persons offense (generally an offense punishable by less than six months of jail time), or for a violation of a municipal ordinance.
A judge then decides whether to issue an Expungement Order. An Expungement Order means that, with some exceptions, the criminal proceedings never happened. It allows the person to fill out school, job, and military applications truthfully without having to reveal that he or she was once arrested or convicted.
Which Crimes Do Not Qualify for Expungement in New Jersey?
In addition to providing a detailed set of criteria for crimes that can be expunged, the New Jersey Expungement Law also provides for a list of crimes that cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Crimes that cannot be expunged include:
- Production or Possession of Chemical Weapons
- Promoting the Prostitution of a Child
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Criminal Sexual Contact with a Minor
- Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Child Pornography Offenses
- Perjury (False Swearing)
- Luring or Enticing
- Human Trafficking
- Criminal Restraint
- Criminal Homicide
It is important for interested applicants to understand that some convictions are simply ineligible to be expunged under New Jersey law. None of the following offenses can be expunged, regardless of other factors such as how many years have passed since the person was convicted.
Rely on an Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer for Help Today
Expungement lawyer Joseph Lombardo will help you determine whether you qualify, and if so, how to get started sealing your record. Call (609) 445-4300 today for a consultation.